Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cheaper by the Dozen

Cheaper by the Dozen
Released Date: April, 1950
Director: Walter Lang
Actors: Clifton Webb, Myrna Loy, Jeanne Crain, Betty Lynn, Edgar Buchanan, Barbara Bates, Mildred Natwick, and Sara Allgood

     This movie was remade in 2003 with Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. The movie is based off of a real family, the Gilbreth family. As you will notice throughout, they have a daughter by the name of Mary. She does not say anything throughout the movie and she is always in the background. The reason being that the real Mary died from an illness as a child. You may also recognize the house that the family moves into (not the house they start the movie in). That house was used in Meet Me in St. Louis. Pretty neat huh? Yeah, I thought so too.

     Frank Bunker Gilbreth (Clifton Webb) and his wife, Mrs. Lilian Gilbreth (Myrna Loy) are raising 11 kids together. They go through a lot of changes in the household. Their eldest daughter Ann (Jeanne Crain) for instance, is a young woman, and has her eyes set on a boy, Lilian becomes pregnant with baby number 12, and all the children, plus the father, get tonsillitis and have to have surgery. The surgery takes place inside their home. A very common thing back in the old days. The family also moves to a new house. Which makes  everyone excited and  nervous all at the same time. This movie is very funny, sweet, charming, smart and packed with a great cast. You may need a tissue, from tears of  sadness,  but also tears of laughter too. One of my favorite parts in this movie is the family all packed in one car, on a road trip!! You can imagine everything that happens on family trips, times 12!  Hope you enjoy this movie, I did.

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